Believe it or not, this past weekend marked my first-ever trip to Stillwater. Considering I was born and raised in the Twin Cities, only about a 30-minute drive away, this is pretty shocking. For years and years I had been hearing about this storybook-esque small town with unique shops, fun dining, charming inns, and great views of the St. Croix River, but for some reason or another I never made the trip. Now that I’ve seen all that the area has to offer, I’m looking for any excuse to go back—and I found it. Next week marks the end of the season for a number of summer events that have been happening around town. Take a closer look at the festivities and see what to catch before it’s gone.
Aug. 21, 5-10 p.m.
This family-friendly event is now in its 10th year and features more than 25 market vendors, including Barbara Ann’s Fudge Shoppe, Mudslinger Pottery, and The Fashion Mobile. From 5:30-8:30 p.m., catch a live stage performance by musician Tuke Brown. While you’re enjoying the music, grab a bite to eat from local restaurants like Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop, Uff-Da Taco or Chicago Dogs, who will be serving food at the event. The festivities conclude with a showing of The Goonies at dusk.
Photo courtesy of Discover Stillwater
Cruisin’ on the Croix
Aug. 22, 5-10 p.m.
This hot rod and vintage car show takes place at Lowell Park behind the Water Street Inn. More than 150 vehicles show up, allowing you to spend some time browsing and dreaming about getting behind the wheel. To help transport you back to the time when these cars roamed the streets, Juke Box Live will be there to perform music from the 1950s.
Stillwater Farmers Market
Aug. 25, 7:30 a.m.-noon
One of my favorite things about the summer is being able to enjoy farm fresh foods. At this market, located across from the Historic Courthouse on Third and Pine Streets, you can shop for organic fruits, vegetables, and other local specialties, as well as arts and crafts. Check out the website before you go to see what items are in season and tips for what to make with them.
Music in the Meadow
Aug. 26, 3-6 p.m.
In addition to the German food, beer, and wine you can normally find at Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter, the family owned and operated restaurant also will be hosting live music on Sunday. Bring your chairs and blankets, sit out on the lawn, and listen to the rhythm and blues stylings of Paul Mayasich and his trio RAMM.
So if, like me, you’ve waited too long to visit this quaint town, here’s your excuse. And if you’ve already been, I doubt I need to convince you why you should go back!